Check the children's barred list

People on the children’s barred list are not allowed to work with children.

The list is usually checked as part of a new employee’s enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Schools, colleges, local authorities and higher education institutions can check the children’s barred list separately if the new employee either:

  • will start working with children while waiting for the result of an enhanced DBS check
  • does not need an enhanced DBS check because they’ve worked with children in a school or college within the last 3 months

You’ll need the new employee’s last name and date of birth to check the children’s barred list.

Before you start

You need a DfE Sign-in account. If you do not have one then you can:

  • ask your organisation’s approver to create an account for you
  • use the contact form to request an account if you do not have an approver